The World Diabetes Day is observed on the 14th
of November every year by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its
member associations. The day marks the birth anniversary of Frederick Banting
who played an important role in the discovery of insulin
The theme for the World Diabetes Day for the period
2009-2013 is 'Diabetes Education and
. The campaign slogan continues to be "Diabetes: Protect our Future".
The theme reiterates the importance
of understanding the condition not only by the patient but also by the treating
physicians to ensure proper treatment and by the government to implement
necessary policies to control the disease and prevent it where possible.
common condition, if left untreated, its consequences could be quite serious
and even life-threatening. Thus, it is important to educate people about
diabetes and the necessity to treat and prevent it.
Many people with diabetes are not aware that they
suffer from the condition. In many cases, diabetes runs in families. It may
start with simple symptoms like excessive thirst, excessive urination
excessive hunger. The high sugar levels have their consequences on blood
vessels. This could affect blood circulation in important organs like the feet,
Nerves are also affected, resulting in decreased sensations.
Diabetes is diagnosed based on simple blood tests
People, especially those prone to diabetes, should get their blood sugar
regularly to make sure that it is under control.
Lifestyle modifications can help to control diabetes
to some extent. Adequate exercises
diet restricted in simple sugars could help many borderline cases keep their
sugar levels under control without the need of medications. Oral medications
are effective in many cases. There are certain cases that need the use of
insulin injections. However, even these patients are able to lead their normal
Let us take positive steps on the World Diabetes Day
to keep diabetes away from our lives. If it is already a part of us, let us
make sure that we control diabetes
allow diabetes to control us!